If Ilium left you wondering whether it were possible for Dan Simmons to make this stranger, and any more spectacular — with Olympos you have your answer. Gary Taylor is not impressed by Olympos, Dan Simmons’s retelling of the Troy saga. I wanted to like it. After Ilium, I was all fired up for the big explanation. I was looking forward to Achilles being a legendary badass, and the.

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Trivia About Olympos Ilium, 2. Olympoe 1 question about Olympos…. Mahnmut of Europa is identified as a Shakespearean scholar as in the first chapter he is introduced where he analyzes Sonnet in order to send it to his correspondent, Orphu of Io, and it is here that Shakespeare’s influence on Ilium begins.

Although narrating female voices or doing various characters at all is not his strength. It’s the distant future, and the Greek Gods have all returned to set up their new Mt. But the whole is so utterly disappointing as to make me angry.

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Illium and Olympos by Dan Simmons

He effectively combines a serious subject, ironic perspective, strong action and believable if not always sympathetic characters. Sadly, there was a ton of potential in this story.

In Hyperion, Simmons teased the readers with Keats.

Wonderful mind expanding, gripping fiction! The book is soaked in literary references. Their DNA incorporates moth genetics which allows sperm -storage and the choice of father-sperm years after sexual intercourse has actually occurred.


Achilles’ zeal

Not to mention his absurd over-use of the term da. What was Dan Simmons thinking when he wrote that fantastically misguided chapter? I need a new best friend. It’s easy to understand why a science fiction writer might suffer from a literary inferiority complex; but Simmons would seem less naked if he spent less time nervously covering his ass – or if he acknowledged the real influences of HG Wells, Robert Heinlein and Kurt Vonnegut, instead of manufacturing so transparently bogus a literary lineage.

Mar 10, Chris rated it did not like it Recommends it for: They are a bit concerned because after few centuries of virtually nothing happening on Earth, they are now picking up intense quantum activity from the vicinity of Mars.

Hockenberry, a seemingly rather weak character, through deception, desperation, and pure ballsiness managed the manipulate the Greeks and Trojans into turning their war against the cruel posthuman Gods.

Science fiction is the most ambitious of contemporary literary genres. O ne of the ways our past informs our present is through the mythic narratives that are passed down from generation to generation.

Homeric tags alternate with tough-guy street talk, and several of the moravec scientists turn out to be Star Trek fans.

He’s closer to Shakespeare’s contemporary Thomas Heywood, who is remembered for A Woman Killed with Kindness, but whose retellings of the Troy story in Troia Brittanica and various plays got faxed straight to oblivion. It’s not the worst book I’ve ever read. Ilium novel and Olympos novel.

Review: Olympos

There is more character development in this second book, especially when the old-st Like IliumOlympos is a olypmos bag for me. With so many interesting possibilities in olmpos wonderful setting, why did Dan Simmons choose this non-sequiter as the climactic moment for one of simjons main characters? But other times, dragging out consumption of a novel can make a reader or me, anyway actually feel even more immersed in the story.


But, my frustration and contempt sommons this book has been stewing in me for years, and I needed the catharsis of getting it all out in a place where others could perhaps commiserate with me. Although it’s not really accurate to call this Hockenberry’s saga; he is just the unifying character flitting between the subplots and separate groups of characters, but being a middle-aged temporally displaced academic with a few technological artifacts and his modest wits, he’s hardly as epic a figure as vainglorious, undefeatable Achilles, tricky, crafty Odysseus, beautiful and scheming Helen, or the entire Greek pantheon, the two “gods” who created the gods, and the ever-escalating series of gods above them that these various figures meet in what turns out to simmona a multipart, often disconnected quest not only to unravel the mystery of this futuristic Trojan War, but save the world.

Above all, Zelazny embraced the lunacy he created. One of the most notable references is when the old woman Savi calls the current people of Earth eloiusing the word as an expression of her disgust of their self-indulgent society, lack of culture and ignorance of their past.

These novels are probably not for everyone.